Matthew RightmireFaculty

Technical Director - Visiting Assistant Professor in Theatre and Dance

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Matthew attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire as a Blugold Fellow where he earned a comprehensive bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts. His work includes both production and front-of-house operations at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls, and the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild in Eau Claire.

In 2009, he began working as the Scenic Studio Supervisor for the Department of Music & Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

In 2011, Matthew left Wisconsin to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His time as a graduate student was distinguished as a Hixson-Lied Fellow in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film. His contributions to the theatre program were honored by receiving the Porter Award for Creativity in Theatre and being selected to join the school’s Order of the Purple Mask.

Since receiving his MFA in Design & Technical Production, Matthew has been the Technical Director for the Alpine Theatre Project’s 2014 season in Whitefish, Montana, the Technical Director and Scenic/Lighting/Sound Designer for the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre, and a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

He is currently a professor at Gustavus Adolphus College where he teaches stagecraft, computer-aided drafting, and other technical theatre courses while overseeing the construction of the scenic elements for all of the department's productions in both theatre and dance.

Samples of his work can be seen at


M.F.A. - University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film; Comprehensive B.A. - University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
T/D-270 Intermediate Studies in Performance: Creative Research 8 2024/SP, 2024/JN, 2022/FA, 2022/SP, 2021/SP, 2020/FA, and 2020/SP
T/D-211 Scenery/Props Practicum 7 2024/SP, 2023/FA, 2023/SP, 2022/FA, 2022/SP, 2022/JN, and 2021/JN
T/D-111 Scenery/Props Practicum 7 2024/SP, 2023/FA, 2023/SP, 2022/FA, 2022/SP, 2022/JN, and 2021/JN
T/D-370 Advanced Studies in Performance: Creative Research 6 2024/SP, 2023/SP, 2022/FA, 2021/SP, 2020/FA, and 2020/SP
T/D-311 Scenery/Props Practicum 6 2024/SP, 2023/FA, 2023/SP, 2022/FA, 2022/SP, and 2021/JN
T/D-238 Productn Construction 5 2024/JN, 2023/JN, 2022/JN, 2021/JN, and 2020/JN
T/D-398 Theatre Honors Project 5 2023/SP, 2023/JN, 2022/SP, 2021/SP, and 2020/SP
T/D-215 Stage Management 4 2021/SP, 2021/JN, and 2020/SP
T/D-244 ST:Scenic Painting 3 2024/SP and 2020/SP
T/D-115 Stage Management 3 2021/JN and 2020/SP
T/D-323 Advanced Computer Drafting 2 2023/SP and 2021/SP
T/D-223 Computer Drafting and Design 2 2022/FA and 2020/FA
T/D-391 IS:Theatre Pedagogy 1 2023/SP
T/D-144 ST:The Art of Magic 1 2022/SP